What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)

What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) Liz Garbus made this stunning documentary about Nina Simone. It exposes the effect of American racial violence on this uniquely talented artist. Contains revelatory interviews with husband Andrew Stroud and daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, but it’s the accompanying footage of live performances that allows Miss Simone to leap off the … More What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015 DOCUMENTARY)

Ghosts at Christmas

[Silent Night / Chet Baker & Christpher Mason] Ghosts at Christmas My grandmother will not go away. Years ago, she waited for the weekly Visit my mother and I would make After work. On the wall over her bed Hung a reproduction of “Blue Boy,” The one tactless possession that she kept As the room … More Ghosts at Christmas

The Black Garbo

  The Black Garbo     Nina Mae Back light turn you white And white’s way too tight. Nina Mae Whites don’t like color. Or sharing their power.   Nina Mae Slay that “Dinah “ And steal Hallelujah!   Call Harlem Seven-Seven-Eleven. See who still playin’ the dozens. Stereotype, all cotton is craps. Break to … More The Black Garbo

Disposable Poem August 2, 2015: No, I don’t Remember the Name of the Doctor – After Admittance to the Hot Springs National Park Medical Center

  No, I don’t Remember the Name of the Doctor Dr. Kracken is rockin’ to Kitchen House Blues. Blind Willie screams for water but water will drown you. The Big Muddy’s your body now. Dr. Kracken is boppin’ between Dialysis machines, He’s tak’in down stats, text-messaging his concert manager, and talking to his wife. Dr. … More Disposable Poem August 2, 2015: No, I don’t Remember the Name of the Doctor – After Admittance to the Hot Springs National Park Medical Center